Fox Chapel returns bulk of playoff tennis team
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Last year, the Fox Chapel boys tennis team finished second in Section 3-AAA and made it to the second round of the WPIAL playoffs.
Coach Dave Prevost lost only one starter, Ben Short, to graduation and he's optimistic about his team's fortunes this year.
“Well, with the weather situation, we were only able to practice outdoors twice last week,” Prevost said.
“We had an indoor practice with the returning starters and it's too early to come to any conclusions, but let's say I haven't been disappointed with what I've seen so far.”
Prevost has a nice blend of experience and talented underclassmen.
Sophomore Sid Rajupet will return at No. 1 singles and senior Josh Lehman will play at No. 2 singles.
Fellow senior Jake Norman is slated to play No. 3 singles or No. 1 doubles.
Sophomores Lucas and Tom Fennell are in the mix with Lucas set for No. 1 or No. 2 doubles and Tom at No. 3 singles or No. 1 doubles.
Also slated to contribute are seniors Pat Campbell, Brian Brewster, Ian Christie, Krishna Vallabhaneni and Dan Tabas.
They will be joined by juniors John Kilmer, Chris Sellwood and Zane Rosen. Freshman Alex Himler has been impressive and could see time in singles or doubles.
“We have some exhibition matches this week that should clear the picture up a bit,” Prevost said. “Then we have to get ready for a tough section race.
“Shady Side Academy will be strong again and Central Catholic has one of the best players in the state in Adam Blizinsky. Three teams will make the playoffs, and I think we'll be one of the three.”
One thing that should help the Foxes, said Prevost, is the team has more depth than last season.
“There's no drop off at the talent level between the No. 3 singles spot and the No. 1 doubles, and our No. 2 doubles spot should be stronger this year,” he said. “We're looking forward to the season.”
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or email@example.com.
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